Ghent Jazz and a Belgian Bazaar. This weekend in Belgium


1. Giorgio Morandi, Bozar

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“I want to communicate those images and feelings that the natural world awakens in us,” Giorgio Morandi once said. The Italian artist achieved exactly that, “often brilliantly” according to The Economist. Morandi is one of Italy’s most important modern painters with a penchant for still lives depicting vases, bowls, and flowers as well as landscape images. Bozar is currently presenting a retrospective of his work that brings together about a hundred pieces, including oil paintings but also drawings, etchings and watercolours. Plus: Morandi’s oeuvre is being displayed alongside a few works by one of Belgium’s most significant contemporary painters, Luc Tuymans.

Until 22 September
Bozar Centre of Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels

2. The Plague Doctors, Harlan B. Levey Projects


Founded on the Frankfurt School tradition and influenced by postmodernist scholars, Harlan Levey Projects works with artists who “agitate”; who question the mechanisms of contemporary society and who are, in a way, fighting for freedom. Israeli artist Abner Preis is currently taking on the task with his exhibition ‘The Plague Doctors’ and this Friday the gallery invites you to a special Plague Doctors performance for a soirée that features not only Preis but also Swiss artist Emilie Pictet, Iranian Alireza Keymanesh and Spanish Momu & No Es. Saturday evening the performances continue and will be followed by a barbecue.

12 July
Harlan B. Levey Projects, Rue Léon Lepagestraat 37 – 1000 Brussels

3. Bazaar Belgie, Centrale for contemporary art


Bazaar Belgie is a celebration of Belgian art that unites the work of photographer Dirk Braeckman, notorious film maker Chantal Akerman, contemporary painting prodigy Luc Tuymans and many, many more. The line-up reads like a who’s who of the Belgian art scene and gives a great overview of the country’s artistic strength, presenting works from all genres. The exhibition, called “The 100 best Belgian masterpieces” is curated by columnist and critic Claude Blondeel and is also available in book form.

Until 29 September
Centrale for contemporary art, Place Sainte-Catherine 44 Sint-Katelijneplein – 1000 Brussels
4. Open air cinema, various locations


Summer has finally showed its sunny face and the time is right for a little open air cinema. Libération Films are organising a total of 11 outdoor screenings, with each session taking place in a different Brussels neighbourhood. This Thursday they’re setting up shop in Jette to screen French filmmaker Philippe Faucon’s La Désintégration, a contemporary social drama “chronicling the rise of fundamentalist Islam in between a group of friends living in a French city. “ Raw and sensitive at the same time,” writes Le Monde.

Until 19 July
Open air cinema, various locations throughout Brussels
See the full programme here


5. You aint seen nothing yet, FoMu


Had fun at Werchter? Well according to Antwerp’s photography museum ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet’. With an exhibition that revolves around the wonderful symbiosis between music and photography, they’ve brought together the works of Charlie De Keersmaecker, Ryan McGinley (!), Dean Chalkley, Alex Salinas and several other photographers who succeed at portraying the music and the passion as opposed to merely the musician.

Until 6 October
FoMu, Waalsekaai 47 – 2000 Antwerp


6. Private Collection selected by #1 / Anneke Eussen, Tatjana Pieters


With the Private collection selected by exhibition series, Tatjana Pieters gallery is exploring its fascination with the process of art collecting. Throughout the summer, the gallery will be showing parts of emerging private collections in which the gallery artist curating the show is represented. First up is Berlin-based artist Anneke Eussen who earned her art stripes both in The Netherlands and in Belgium and who will be spicing things up with new work. A fascinating concept.

Opening 11 July
Tatjana Pieters Gallery,  Nieuwevaart 124/001 – 9000 Ghent

7. Ghent Jazz Festival

Enlivening Ghent’s jazzers since 2002, the Ghent Jazz Festival’s moniker no longer tallies with the cargo. Whereas the genre remains the cornerstone of the concept, the festival has opened up its boundaries and artists such as Joe Lovano and Phronesis will be sharing the stages with Jamie Callum, Elvis Costello and Trixie Whitley.

From 12 to 20 July
Bijloke site – 9000 Ghent

8. Furniture Auction, Huiskamer Ernest


The people behind Huiskamer Ernest have done well for themselves. With their pop-up living room complete with performance area, they’ve sheltered the hungry and the thirsty as well many bands, designers and artists. Before closing down forever on 15 July, furniture freaks will get a shot at procuring one of the unique designer pieces that made Huiskamer Ernest unlike any other living room.

15 July, 19h30
Huiskamer Ernest, Bisdomkaai 25 – 9000 Ghent


9. MOODCLUB curated by Rick Shiver, OH Leuven

Ladies and gents, Moodclub is back. After a break of a few years, this household name on the Belgian club scene has decided to try a different tack by inviting house specialists to take care of the hosting and programming. For season one of this brand new concept, Moodclub have called upon Rick Shiver (do check out the mix he just made for The Word Magazine) to line up the crème de la crème of today’s house faves. Get up, get dressed, go dancing.

 13 July, 22h00
MOODCLUB, Karinaal Mercierlaan 46 – 3001 Heverlee
Join the event here